Gear Review: Wilson Combat Beretta 92/96 Short Reach Steel Trigger

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The distance between the go-pedal and the backstrap on a 92 series handgun is approximately three inches. For some people it might as well be a mile. Small-handed shooters have always had a problem effectively grasping the Beretta 92′s trigger (as well as Big Gulps, footballs, etc.). Most can only shoot the gun effectively in single action (SA) mode. My medium-sized paws could handle the 92′s trigger reach, but it never felt comfortable per se. It was more of an inconvenience I accommodated to get to the SA pull. With the help of Wilson Combat’s Short Reach Steel Trigger, I aimed to fix this ergonomic malady . . .

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Gun Review: Springfield Armory XD-S 3.3″ 9mm

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By Michael Stephenson

What do the XD-S, the GLOCK 42, and the SIG P238 all have in common? Their announcement all set the gun community aflutter with one of two cries: either “Finally!” or, “When is it going to come out in 9mm?” Springfield Armory set a very high standard – albeit a heavy recoiling one – with its XD-S. It was reliable, compact, and accurate for a pocket gun. I’m proud to say that the XD-S 3.3″ 9mm lives up to that reputation. Minus the heavy recoil, of course . . .

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P320 Entry: Gun Review: Ruger 96/22

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By David P.

I’m convinced that the Ruger Model 96/22 was conceived roughly this way:

Ruger Executive: “Gentlemen, the 10/22 continues to be a massive cash cow. But how can we make more money?”

Marketing Guy: “We could, uh, make a lever-action version of it?”

Ruger Executive: “Brilliant! Get to work on it! I want it on my desk next week!”

That was back in 1996, and Sturm Ruger cranked out Model 96/22 rifles in .22LR before production ended in 2009 . . .

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Gear Review: Telor Tactical T-Fit Ankle Holster

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The problem with ankle-carry: you have to take a knee (or hop around on one leg) to reach your piece. That can make getting your gat, and then moving and shooting, difficult. If you’re young and athletic it might not be much of a problem. If you spent your youth jumping out of planes, helicopters and/or trucks; if you played sports, or just generally have bad knees or a bad back, ankle-carry might not be for you. On the other hand . . .

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Gun Review: Beretta PX4 Storm Inox 9mm

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By E.W.E. Hughes, Jr.

I’m a Beretta guy. I love their shotguns, pistols, the Beretta name, history, and legacy. The name Beretta seems to roll off the tongue like Maserati, Ferrari, and Lamborghini. It exudes a sense of quality and that sensuous Italian mystique that German, Austrian, Czech, and American firearms can never hope to achieve. Don’t get me wrong; I love all of my firearms, but my favorites are my Berettas. To be fair, I shoot extremely well with my GLOCK 22 and 27. But the GLOCK design is minimalism to an extreme. They’re one of the best examples of form following function in a modern pistol. But as reliable and competent as GLOCKs are, they leave me cold . . .

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Gear Review: MDT LSS Chassis

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Despite the general degradation of quality from the companies under Freedom Group’s control, the Remington 700 is still a damn fine rifle for shooters who want to spread their wings for the first time and jump into the deep end of the rifle range. It’s solidly built and accurate enough, but there are some serious differences between the average Remington 700 and a high quality bolt action rifle. The folks at MDT wanted to design a chassis that would allow those with an existing Remington 700 to squeeze every drop of accuracy out of their rifle without breaking the bank, and what they came up with was the MDT LSS (“Light Sniper System”) chassis . . .

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Lady Gear Review: G42 and Carry Options

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For some reason, Farago takes it personally that my wife doesn’t EDC (everyday carry). So every time we see each other, TTAG’s jefe slips me a small gun and one or two holsters for her to try out around the house – in the hopes that she’ll start “packing heat.” The most recent entry: a GLOCK 42, an IWB TacticalTuck holster from Osborn Holsters and a OWB Pancake holster from the Kydex kids at K Rounds . . .

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Armourlite Watch Torture Test

Armorlite Isobrite 100 Series watch strapped to a Benelli M4 (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

Before my first divorce, I owned a collection of fine watches. After the divorce, two. Taking a Patek Phillipe or Blancpain to a gun range makes as much sense as taking a Ferrari F335B (also gone) off-roading. So I looked for something more durable. My newfound interest in self-defense added another requirement: a watch I could read in the dark. Without glasses. I shared my eventual choice with TTAG’s readers back in 2012: an Armourlite Captain Field Series AL307. When Armourlite introduced a line of new, larger-face models, I hit them up for a $325 Caliber Series AL613 (with industry-leading brightness). To test for shock resistance. On your behalf. As you can see from the picture above, I strapped it to a Benelli M4 . . .

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Gear Review: Wilson Combat Beretta 92/96 Reduced Power Hammer Spring

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I grew up watching John McClane and Martin Riggs with wide-eyed adoration. So I’ve always known that a Beretta 92 and I were meant to be. But close encounters of the ergonomic and ballistic kind proved a let down; I really didn’t dig the pistol in its stock form. Back in March, 1911-makers Wilson Combat announced they were producing aftermarket parts for the Beretta 92/96 series of pistols. Both the gun and my childhood fascination were born again. Slowly but surely, I’ll be bringing you reviews of all of these parts as my Beretta 92A1 transforms. First up: the Wilson Combat Reduced Power Hammer Spring 16# or as most people simply call it, a “D” spring . . .

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Gear Review: EDC Belt

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A good belt really is crucial if you’ll be carrying even a moderately sized pistol on a day basis. This especially holds true if, like me, you decided that Springfield Armory’s finest boat anchor will be your EDC piece. I have watched helplessly as spindly little dress belts have been crushed under the weight of my mighty XD(m). The only belt that has consistently kept my pants and my gat off the ground is my CompTac Kydex reinforced contour belt. But, the biggest failing of that system comes with the use of IWB holsters that use the waistband of my pants to rest on . . .

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Gear Review: Point Blank Vision Body Armor

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In my search for body armor I gathered a lot of information and I wanted to have a couple options. So I ordered some basic IIIA soft plates for my plate carrier and a custom made Point Blank Vision concealable vest. Because the Point Blank vest is custom made, it took about a month to arrive. For each vest, measurements for the intended wearer are taken, and then they are built to those specifications. But I’ll get more about that later . . .

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Gear Review: TAC-CON 3MR Trigger

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The 5.56 NATO Ammunition for this review was provided by Liberty Ammunition.

Things really don’t get more entertaining than blowing through a full magazine of ammunition as fast as you possibly can. It’s why people pay tens of thousands of dollars for full-auto firearms: the giggle is worth the bucks. For those of us who can’t afford a properly stamped machine gun, however, there are other options. The SlideFire bump-fire stock has been a runaway success, but some people don’t like the way it looks or feels. Enter the TAC-CON 3MR trigger, a drop-in trigger replacement that promises to let you shoot faster without changing anything else about your gun . . .

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Gear Review: Timney Tavor Trigger

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Timney Triggers is now shipping its trigger pack replacement for the IWI Tavor. I was so freakin’ happy with Timney’s trigger for my Mosin that there was no question about getting my mitts on this thing as soon as it was ready. I had one concern though: how much of a difference could it actually make, considering the entire trigger bar and linkage in the Israeli bullpup remains untouched? . . .

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Gear Review: DPMS Multi-Tool

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Lets face it, you probably have an AR-15, maybe a couple of them. And if you don’t already have one, you’ve probably thought about getting or building one. If you aren’t aware, there are a few specialized tools you need to build an AR-15 or take one completely apart. The main things you may run into are the barrel nut, castle nut and free float rail components, but you may also need something for compensators or flash suppressors. I’ve used many tools to grapple with these, ranging from specialized tools, to off-the-shelf Craftsmen wrenches. Many off-the-shelf tools are OK for things like the compensator/flash suppressor and the other various pins and screws. But for dealing with things like a castle nut and free float rail installations, you really need specialized tools, and one that will hold up to some use . . .
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